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Summer’s Here!

It may be another week until summer officially starts, but right now, it certainly feels like it’s already here! In our perennial yard and woody nursery, some of our summer-flowering plants are coming into bloom so it’s beginning to look like summer as well.

Our Hydrangeas are already covered in large, colorful blooms, many of which are reblooming varieties, so you can expect blooms from now until late summer or fall. White, pink, blue, or purple blooms are available, and color is often different or more vibrant depending on the soil condition. For fall foliage interest, Oakleaf Hydrangeas are an excellent choice, as their leaves turn a bright red to purple before shedding for the winter. Spirea is another excellent shrub and depending on the variety, blooms late spring to midsummer in a variety of different colors. Other popular summer shrubs and trees include Abelia, with varieties that have attractive foliage as well as blooms; Rose of Sharon, a cousin of the tropical Hibsicus with similar flowers and habit; and Potentilla (Cinquefoil), a highly drought-resistant and sun-loving shrub most commonly with yellow flowers

As for perennials, there are many plants that thrive in the summer heat. Blanket flower (Giallardia), Tickseed (Coreopsis), Yarrow, Larkspur (Delphinium), Foxglove, Hollyhocks, Daisies, and Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) are popular summer-blooming perennials, some of which will bloom into fall. For the hottest and driest areas, hardy succulent plants like Sedum, Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum), and Ice Plant (Delosperma) are an excellent choice.

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May is Over!

It’s hard to believe that May is almost over! Many of our greenhouses are beginning to clear out, but there are still a variety of hanging baskets, annuals, herbs, and vegetables remaining. That’s unlikely to be true much longer though! Whether you haven’t started your garden yet this year or are looking to add more to it, now’s the time! Plus, our stock of houseplants, tropicals, and succulents is always changing.

If you bring your annuals home and notice they aren’t looking quite as good as they did, it may be time to fertilize! Annual hanging baskets and containers will benefit greatly from a weekly application of water-soluble fertilizer such as Jack’s Classic, which we both sell and use here at Quality. If fed consistently, many annuals such as Petunias and Million Bells should bloom all summer long. If you’re fertilizing and watering regularly and it still seems like your plants aren’t looking so hot, be sure to check for possible insect pests such as aphids or spider mites. We stock a variety of pest control methods here to take care of any bug infestation, but be careful to read labels closely and always apply as directed!

The weather is perfect now for a walk through our perennial yard, nursery, and greenhouses, so grab some ice cream or a cold brew at Bloom and come take a look around!

Memorial Day Weekend!

Though we may be in for a rainy Memorial Day weekend, there are plenty of colorful blooms here at Quality Gardens bound to brighten up any day. From gorgeous hanging baskets to bedding flats of annuals, such as Zinnias, Wax Begonias, Snapdragons, Marigolds, and more, to tropical Oleander, Brugmansia, and Bougainvillea, there’s a lot to look at… and that’s just inside the greenhouses.

In our perennial yard, Daylilies, Daisies, Speedwell, Salvia, and more are beginning to flower, along with many of our roses and peonies and our vining plants such as Clematis and Honeysuckle. The shrubs and trees in our woody nursery are looking good as well, with plenty of options to fit any location you have in mind. Plus, many fruit trees and shrubs like apples, pears, plums, hardy kiwis, blueberries, and more are starting to develop fruit.

Planting season is in full swing now with a frost very unlikely, so whether you’re looking for veggies, herbs, annual flowers, perennials, shrubs, or trees, it’s an excellent time to pick something up and get it in the ground.

This weekend, specials include buy one, get one on tomatoes and peppers and 10% off Japanese Maple Trees, so come stop by for a look around!

Warm Weather is Here!

It’s feeling almost like summer here at Quality Gardens! The threat of frost is no longer very likely in mid-May (but still possible… this is Western PA, after all), so it’s the perfect time to start this year’s garden. We have plenty of herbs and veggies to choose from for your edible garden, a wide assortment of annual flats for the beds in your landscape, and premium annuals for your containers and window boxes, plus many hanging baskets and combo pots that will bloom all summer long!

If you’re after something fascinating and low maintenance, air plants and succulents fit the bill, and there is an assortment of both available in our greenhouses. Succulents thrive in hot sun but will do well indoors also and don’t mind if you forget to water them. Hundreds of varieties means you can never have just one! Air plants grow without soil and with minimal water, making them a unique and easy houseplant that anyone can care for. Choosing how to display them is part of the fun, and we have an assortment of hangers, stands, and display pots for these exotic plants available in our Glass House.

Our greenhouses, nursery, and perennial yard are in their prime this time of year, so it’s an excellent time to stop by and look around, even if you don’t know quite what you want. If you need any help picking the right annual, perennial, shrub, or tree for your garden, containers, or landscape, our experienced greenhouse and nursery associates would be happy to assist you.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is this weekend! Stop into Quality Gardens to pick up Mom a last minute gift and for a number of Mother’s Day specials running Friday to Sunday. The Rhododendrons and Lilacs in our woody nursery will be available for 10% off, our premium outdoor pottery will be 20% off, and all citrus plants will be 10% off.

Rhododendrons are in peak bloom currently and are available in colors such as white, pink, red, and more. These shrubs grow best in dappled shade and have waxy, evergreen leaves and bright mounds of flowers. Another landscape classic, lilacs are currently in bloom as well, putting out bunches of amazingly fragrant pink to light purple flowers. And there are plenty of other diverse shrubs and trees to suit any location or taste available currently in our nursery as well!

We have plenty of gifts Mom would love in our Glass House and greenhouses! Our blooming annual hanging baskets are looking wonderful this year, and we have a wide selection for both sun and shade in a variety of colors and habits. Large mixed annual containers planted in decorative pots also make excellent and convenient gifts and would look great on Mom’s porch or patio. Indoor and outdoor decor such as fairy garden accessories, wind chimes, terrariums, statuary, decorative fountains, and more are available in and around our Glass House, and other excellent gifts include locally made soaps, specialty tools, gardening gear, and exotic air plants.

The greenhouses, nursery, and perennial yard are in full bloom here at Quality, and hopefully the recent bad weather was the last of the cold this spring!

It’s Almost Gardening Time!

The weather is starting to really warm up, and it’s about time to start gardening! We’re stocked to the gills with trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, tropicals, herbs, veggies, and more to start your garden, plus the products to keep them looking healthy and gorgeous all summer and plenty of unique pottery and containers to plant them in. Despite the warmth, we could still see some frost, so keep an eye on the weather and prepare to cover or bring in outside plants if need be. Not long now until the threat of frost is far behind us!

Our annual bedding flats have arrived and are ready to go. From Zinnias to flowering Vinca, Petunias to Wax Begonias, Portulaca to Impatiens, all of those plants and more are available in our greenhouses. Many of our other annuals are beginning to come into their prime as well, including our beautiful hanging baskets and mixed annual containers.

The perennial yard is shaping up also, so whether you’re looking for sun or shade, drought or wet tolerant, height or groundcover, there should be a perennial to suit your needs. Our yard is organized this year to help you out in finding what you’re looking for! If you’re searching for trees and shrubs, stop by our nursery to find what’s best suited to your landscape and talk to an associate about delivery and installation. And while you’re here, why not pick up a latte or some brunch at Bloom Cafe?

Mother’s Day is coming up, and it’s a good time to get a head start on gifts for Mom here at Quality! Flowering hanging baskets and mixed containers, decorative candles and pottery, herbal soaps, fairy garden decor, and much more all make convenient and thoughtful gifts. Or you could purchase Mom a gift card so she can come pick something out for herself!